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Safeguarding and CST - advice for vulnerable clients and caregivers

CSTA-registered practitioners are aware of the need to protect the safety of all their clients, whether adults or children. The CSTA has produced detailed advice on this topic for practitioners in our Safeguarding document.  In addition our Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice documents include advice and requirements for practitioners.

If you are a client you should feel comfortable and safe at all times during the treatment, and you should feel able to stop the session at any time. You will remain clothed, and should feel able to choose whether the practitioner makes contact or not with any part of your body.

We strongly recommend a caregiver being present in the session with any vulnerable client as this is helpful to make sure everyone feels comfortable, and it means you can both ask any questions you need to about the treatment. However if you prefer not to have your caregiver present then you should both discuss this carefully with your practitioner and make sure it’s the right decision for you.

Overall it is important that you are in charge of the session, and the practitioner should never do or ask you to do anything you feel uncomfortable about.

If you have any questions you can contact the Secretary:, who will make sure you get the help you need.

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